Arthur de Gobineau

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Arthur de Gobineau was a French writer, social thinker and ethnologist.

Arthur de Gobineau
Occupationwriter, social thinker and ethnologist

Biography[edit | edit source]

Arthur de Gobineau, in full Joseph-Arthur, Comte de Gobineau, was born on 14th of July, 1816 in Ville-d’Avray, France in aristocratic royalist family. He was well educated in languages and Oriental culture.

He lived in Tehran as diplomat for years. He is interested in religious ceremony and Ta’zia and he devotes about 100 pages of his book, religion and philosophies in central Asia, to this topic. This book was published in Paris in 1865. He was retired from the diplomatic corps in 1876.

His famous theory of racial determinism had an enormous influence in European Academia. He died on October 13, 1882 in Turin, Italy.

Activities[edit | edit source]

  • Private secretary of foreign minister,  Alexis de Tocqueville, in 1849
  • First secretary in the embassy at Bern, Hanover and Frankfurt
  • First secretary in the embassy in Tehran in 1854
  • Minister to Persia in 1861
  • French emissary to Athens, Greece in 1864
  • French emissary to  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1868
  • French emissary to  Stockholm, Sweden in 1872

 Works[edit | edit source]

  • Religions and Philosophy in Central Asia, 1865
  • History of the Persians, 1869, 2 vol
  • The Renaissance. G.P. Putnam's Sons. 1913 (original 1877).
  • The World of the Persians. Gifford. 1971
  • The Pleiads. H. Fertig. 1978 (original 1874)
  • Etudes critiques: 1842-1847. Klincksieck. 1984
  • Mademoiselle Irnois and Other Stories, University of California Press, 1988 (original 1846).
  • Au royaume des Hellènes. M. Nadeau. 1993
  • The Dancing Girl of Shamakha and Tales of Asia , Serpent à plumes. 1995 (original  1876)
  • The Inequality of Human Races. Howard Fertig. 1999 (original 1855) 
  • Histoire d 'Ottar Jarl pirate norven conqunt du pays de Bray, en Normandie et de sa descendance. Adamant Media Corporation. 2001 (original 1879)
  • Correspondance 1880-1882. Nizet. 2001
  • Trois ans en Asie. Adamant Media Corporation. 2002 (original 1859)
  • The Crimson Handkerchief and Other Stories. Pomona Press. 2006

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